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Easter And Its Origins

Updated on February 13, 2012

Easter eggs, Easter bunnies ..and..er.. Christ?

Why does chocolate in the shape of an egg taste better than a bar of chocolate?. If the chocolate egg is not hollow ------ more goodies inside the egg....even better.!!Easter Eggs. Nothing like them !

We all know we're paying more for the box and pretty packaging, yet still some of us cannot resist buying Easter Eggs even when we're grown up .They are just too delicious..

Chocolate Easter Bunnies are normally covered in brightly coloured , shiny paper looking like a rabbit from Toytown, but when you unwrap it......pure chocolate. Yummy again.

This of course brings me to the 3rd part of the title of this hub.. Christ.. The resurrection on Easter Sunday. It is supposedly the most important date on the Christian calender.

I have to ask, what calender? If your birthday is on a Sunday this year, you know it will be Monday next year, then Tuesday until a leap year.. So how come the resurrection is ALWAYS Sunday and Good Friday ALWAYS Friday?

Do the Cardinals play pin the tail on the donkey, blindfolded and stick a pin in the calender. Early March, this year boys! Mid-March? Early April?

Just doesn't make sense to me. If someone you love dies-on March 16th, then every year you may reflect on your lost loved one on March 16th but it certainly won't be the same day of the week..

Well, thankfully that is not my problem. I don't have to fix the date of Easter each year, but another thing has puzzled me for years. i.e. What on earth is the connection between chocolate eggs , Easter bunnies and the death and resurrection of the Messiah?

Scour the Gospels as I do, I can find no mention of 1st Century equivalents of chocolate eggs or rabbits,. (Did they even have chocolate then, in Palestine?)

Methinks we have another case of paganism joining together with Christianity, ostensibly to keep the peace (Particularly from the point of view of Constantine) but in reality the watering down of the true teachings of Jesus Christ.

 I suppose it was a natural progresion.

In many ancient cultures the egg was a symbol of new life. The perfect symbol of fertility.

In Persia, (now Iran)  eggs have been painted for thousands of years as a part of the Spring Celebration and the pagan Spring Festivals all over the world always included eggs and/or rabbits. (hence the expression breeding like rabbits, I guess)

The fertility goddess Astarte, Ishtar, and Eastre  are one and the same depending on which country you are in .  Astarte is often portrayed in sculptures having inumerable breasts. to represent her fertility.

           When the 2nd Century Christian missionaries encountered the tribes of the North with their pagan celebrations, they attempted to convert them to Christianity by allowing them to keep their pagan symbols and festivals. (Just as Constantine had allowed the Roman Saturnalia raucious festival to continue under the new name of Xmas)

The Easter egg, then , it seems pre-dates Christianity by thousands of years. It just wasn't made of chocolate.!!! Painting hard boiled eggs, giving them as gifts and even hiding and hunting the pretty things is much, much older than I had imagined.

The merging of old pagan celebrations with Christian ones is nothing new either.

   So whether you have chocolate eggs, or a serious spiritual day (Easter Sunday) or like me, try to find something to celebrate any old day,  happy Holiday. !!

I just have to dig into ancient jewish calenders now to find out when is the Passover because that was the night of The Last Supper, .

easte eggs easter bunnies and .. er ..Christ

The Risen Christ Our Saviour
The Risen Christ Our Saviour

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  • Dim Flaxenwick profile imageAUTHOR

    Dim Flaxenwick 

    8 years ago from Great Britain

    It is , amazing isn't it?. I find it fascinating , though . Thankx for your comment. Take care x

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    poetlorraine 

    8 years ago

    oh dear another pagan festival...... Amazing how all the so called christian celebrations have their root in paganism

  • Dim Flaxenwick profile imageAUTHOR

    Dim Flaxenwick 

    8 years ago from Great Britain

    I have such respect for your excellent hubs, with so much historical information, that it's truly put a huge smile on my face to receive a comment like that from you, James. Thank you very much. God bless.

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    James A Watkins 

    8 years ago from Chicago

    Yes, you are spot on about the pagan origins of Easter celebrations in America. The resurrection should be the focus. Not all that other crap. Thanks.

  • Dim Flaxenwick profile imageAUTHOR

    Dim Flaxenwick 

    8 years ago from Great Britain

    Potato sack races are a bit beyond me. Thanks for the feedback, Micky. As ever, Dim x

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    Micky Dee 

    8 years ago

    Yo Dim! I'd rather feast on chocolate when I'm ready for chocolate and I'd rather do without the hoopla of rabbits and eggs and potato sack races. Thank you Dear. Great hub!

  • Dim Flaxenwick profile imageAUTHOR

    Dim Flaxenwick 

    8 years ago from Great Britain

    Tony , That was a lovely comment. filled with my own feelings too.

    Sometimes it too hard to grasp that the son of God would suffer and die so we have a chance of everlasting life.

    His resurrection is , yes a much more important feast than the feasting that xmas has become. Thank you. God Bless. x

  • Dim Flaxenwick profile imageAUTHOR

    Dim Flaxenwick 

    8 years ago from Great Britain

    Blaise .... Always good to hear from you. Thanks for stopping by. Have a good holiday... love, Dim x

  • Dim Flaxenwick profile imageAUTHOR

    Dim Flaxenwick 

    8 years ago from Great Britain

    Thank you Rossimobus for your explanationof dates. I am very happy that enjoyed reading my hub God bless

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    Tony McGregor 

    8 years ago from South Africa

    Thanks Dim, for a great read! For me Holy Week and Easter has always felt more significant than Christmas. Partly because I just hate the commercial feeding frenzy that Christmas has become, but also because there is somehow more to relate to at Easter - we all die (though not too many of us on crosses, thank goodness!) and we all know the pain of loss and separation. And of course for anyone in the catholic or Orthodox traditions the Maundy (or Holy) Thursday celebration is one of the most moving in the whole Christian calendar. Certainly my favourite celebration by a long way! Because it is a celebration of love, and a reminder of the freedom that all God's children should enjoy, but sadly so many do not.

    Love and peace

    Tony

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    Fehl Dungo 

    8 years ago from close to you...

    Ok I'll admit, that puzzled me, too. LOL I have learned a lot in here. Thanks, Dim! :) Easter is always special. Happy Holy Week to you my friend :)

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    Chibuzo Melvin Mobis 

    8 years ago from Nigeria

    I am highly delighted reading this because i got a kind of insight which have never come to my reasoning.That is about the dates and day.Don;t know how to put this but good Friday has always been good Friday(FRIDAY(S)) because it doesn't always fall into regular dates,like you said march 16th, Easter doesn't fall into regular dates,might be 12th this year and 18th next year but this hub is exceptional.Thanks for sharing and like i said earlier,i am most delighted reading it tonight.

  • Dim Flaxenwick profile imageAUTHOR

    Dim Flaxenwick 

    8 years ago from Great Britain

    Bless you. You're almost always 1st to my page when I publish something new.

    Thanks for the comment and I've finally realised dark chocolate is better for us. Take care.x

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    singlmomat52 

    8 years ago

    Dim, I think Maundy Thursday is when they had The Last Supper. Very nice hub, something light and bright. Thank you so much for sharing. I prefer dark chocolate bunnies and love Easter eggs. Happy Easter!!!

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